Nigeria approves a further SIM registration extension

5 May 2021

The Nigerian government has once again approved an extension of the deadline for the country’s mobile phone users to register a valid National Identification Number (NIN) with their service provider. The date has now been postponed to 30 June 2021, in order to give the population more time to integrate their NINs with their SIM cards. The aim of the NIN and SIM registration exercise, which commenced in December last year and has been extended multiple times, is to improve the security in the West African nation. To facilitate the process, telecoms operators and other enrolment agents have opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs. Nigeria had just over 200 million mobile users at the end of 2020, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.